Original title THE PAINTED BIRD
Year of production 2019
Country Czech Republic
Scriptwriter Václav Marhoul
Director Václav Marhoul
ScripTeast Edition VII.
Creative Advisors Tom Abrams, Michael Schiffer
Head of Studies Tom Abrams
Krzysztof Kieślowski ScripTeast Award / Special Mention Special mention (Cannes 2013)
Producers/co-producers/ funding / Silver Screen / Czech Republic

Česká televize / Czech Republic

Eduard & Milada Kucera / Czech Republic

Directory Films / Ukraine

Rozhlas a televízia Slovenska / Slovakia

Certicon Group / Czech Republic

innogy / Czech Republic

PubRes / Slovakia

Richard Kaucký / Czech Republic

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Festivals/ awards/ cinema results
Synopsis A harrowing story that follows the wanderings of a boy abandoned by his parents during World War II.  The Painted Bird is a dark masterpiece that examines the proximity of terror and savagery to innocence and love. Screenplay is based on the first, and the most famous, novel by one of the most important and original writers of last century – Jerzy Kosiński.


A little boy is sent by his parents to live with a foster mother in a village somewhere in Eastern Europe in an attempt to save him from the mass extermination of the Jews. The foster mother unexpectedly dies, however, and the little boy is forced to make his way all alone in an unfriendly world where only local rules, prejudice and superstition prevail. His attempts to survive after the war are replaced by a different kind of struggle. A struggle with himself, a struggle for his soul, for his future…



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